STORM BARRA: Thousands without power, hospital and vaccine appointments cancelled in Limerick

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ALMOST 6,000 households in Co Limerick remain without power as Storm Barra surges through the Mid West.
The 5,800 hit by power cuts include parts of Newcastle West (1700), Abbeyfeale (1600) and Broadford (1200) with neighbouring Kerry and Clare on a Red wind alert.
An earlier power outage impacting an additional 1200 homes in Garryowen, in the Treaty City, was rectified around 5.30pm, an ESB spokesman said.
Covid-19 vaccination centres in Limerick (Scoil Carmel), Clare (Ennis Hospital), and North Tipperary (Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh) closed their doors following a meeting of the MidWest Area Crisis Management Team.
All outpatient appointments and all appointments at the UL Hospitals Group were cancelled including at, University Hospital Limerick; University Maternity Hospital Limerick; Ennis Hospital; Nenagh Hospital; St John’s Hospital; Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.
Appointments for hospital outpatients as well as vaccinations will be rescheduled as soon as possible”, said a UL Hospitals Group spokesman.
He said while the measure was regrettable it was taken “in the interests of patient and staff safety as travel conditions are expected to be hazardous, into this evening”.
The Group spokesman said they expected “that all scheduled care at our hospitals and appointments at our vaccination centre will operate as normal from Wednesday morning, December 8, subject to an assessment of any storm damage”.
The region’s 24-hour Emergency Department, based at University Hospital Limerick, and regional injury clinics were operating as normal.
The spokesman said the Group had implemented measures “to ensure the continuation of essential services for chemotherapy and dialysis patients as well as those coming in for urgent surgery”.